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Environmental Politics and Policy

Environmental Politics and Policy

Tenth Edition

October 2016 | 424 pages | CQ Press
Walter A. Rosenbaum’s classic Environmental Politics and Policy, Tenth Edition once again provides definitive coverage of environmental politics and policy, lively case material, and a balanced assessment of current environmental issues. The first half of the book sets needed context and describes the policy process while the second half covers specific environmental issues such as air and water; toxic and hazardous substances; energy; and a global policymaking chapter focused on climate change and transboundary politics.  Covering major environmental policy initiatives and controversies during President Obama's two terms and capturing the sudden and radical changes occurring in the American energy economy, this Tenth Edition offers the needed currency and relevancy for any environmental politics course.
Figures, Tables, Boxes, and Maps
About the Author
Chapter 1. After Earth Day
“Frack, Baby, Frack”  
The Environmental Legacy  
The Evolution of U.S. Environmentalism  
Ongoing Challenges: Present and Future  
Plan for the Book  
Suggested Readings  
Chapter 2. Making Policy: The Process
The White House and the Greenhouse  
The Policy Cycle  
Constitutional Constraints  
Interest Group Politics  
Environmentalism and Its Critics  
The Public and Environmentalism  
The Special Place of Science in Policymaking  
Suggested Readings  
Chapter 3. Making Policy: Institutions and Politics
The Water War Called WOTUS  
The Presidency  
Congress: Too Much Check, Too Little Balance  
The Bureaucracy: Power Through Implementation  
The Courts: The Role of Appraisal  
The Political Environment of Environmental Policymaking  
Suggested Readings  
Chapter 4. Common Policy Challenges: Risk Assessment and Environmental Justice
A Toxic Nightmare From Toyland?  
Risk Assessment and the Limits of Science  
What Risks Are Acceptable?  
Risk Assessment Reconsidered: The Precautionary Principle  
Risk and Discrimination: The Problem of Environmental Justice  
Suggested Readings  
Chapter 5. More Choice: The Battle Over Regulatory Economics
The Benefit–Cost Debate  
Regulation Strategies: Command and Control Versus the Marketplace  
Suggested Readings  
Chapter 6. Command and Control in Action: Air and Water Pollution Regulation
The Political Anatomy of Command-and-Control Regulation  
Regulating Air Quality  
Regulating Water Quality  
Suggested Readings  
Chapter 7. A Regulatory Thicket: Toxic and Hazardous Substances
An Ambiguous Inheritance  
Federal Law: Regulation From the Cradle to the Grave?  
Suggested Readings  
Chapter 8. Energy: America’s Energy Politics in Transformation
The Foundation: A Fossil Fuel Nation  
Natural Gas and the Gas “Boom”  
Coal: The Promise and Perils of Abundance  
Fossil Fuel Alternatives: Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy  
Suggested Readings  
Chapter 9. 635 Million Acres of Politics: The Battle for Public Lands
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Public Land Politics at a Boil  
A History of Contested Access  
The Public Domain  
Conflicts Over Multiple Use  
The Pluralistic Politics of the Public Lands  
The Fate of the Forests  
How Much Wilderness Is Enough?  
Suggested Readings  
Chapter 10. Climate Change, Domestic Politics, and the Challenge of Global Policymaking
The Contested Science of Atmospheric Warming  
The Domestic Setting of Climate Change Politics  
Transboundary Environmental Politics  
From Kyoto to Paris  
Suggested Readings  
List of Abbreviations

Environmental Politics and Policy is well written and accessible for students. The new material on the impact and fallout from the BP oil spill, the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, as well as further discussion of the legacy of evolving governance after the Kyoto Protocol updates the book well.  The historical narrative of evolving environmental policy is also useful. Rosenbaum’s book has been a useful guide into this critical domain over a number of editions, and students will continue to consult it with benefit for their studies.”

Richard Kotter
Northumbria University

“I highly recommend Environmental Politics and Policy. I’ve assigned multiple editions in undergraduate and graduate courses in political science, environmental studies, and policy analysis.  With each new edition comes thoroughly and thoughtfully updated coverage of critical issues. Timely discussion is devoted to the increasing partisan polarization in Congress and the implications for the environmental agendas of forward-thinking leaders, proponents of alternative energy, and climate change activists.”

Bradley Clark
Fort Lewis College

?“Tony Rosenbaum has created a real gem of a text in Environmental Politics and Policy. Over the years, I have come to rely heavily on the text in both my undergraduate and graduate courses. The writing is clear and very accessible even to policy novices, and students find the case study examples particularly useful and engaging. I suggest to my students that the text is scalable–you could skim it and still gain a breadth of understanding about the American policymaking process, or you could slow down and really dig into the details to develop a robust understanding of our complex and dynamic system. This is a text worth spending time with to mine its wealth of information.” 

Damian C. Adams
School of Forest Resources & Conservation

“One of the biggest strengths of Environmental Politics and Policy is it manages to fit in plenty of historical examples, statistics, and examples, while seeming to “tell a story.” While relevant data and statistics are provided to substantiate the topics presented and to provide context for them, it does not descend into a boring, dry recount of facts and figures. It manages to clearly explain the topics, while not losing the students’ interest. For example, in the opening chapter, the author manages to slip in facts on fracking and the various constituencies involved, while explaining a localized, current controversy in a way that makes it seem as though he is explaining the plot of a recent movie. I think it is very accessible for students because the way the problems are explained is provided in a humanized and informal way.” 

Leda Barnett
Our Lady of the Lake University

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ISBN: 9781506345376